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  3. RAVENHURST 1ST YEAR CHAPTER ONE: ORIENTATION

    Cheshire snorted. "Warren, that is grade A bullshit. You want to be a dick, own it, but don't do....whatever the hell this is. Being a jerk isn't 'tough love'. You're not helping her by tearing her down and then claiming 'but it builds character!'. You want to help her have thicker skin? Then actually be a friend and help her stand up to real bad guys." She shook her head, completely amazed at the guy's rather odd logic chain for acting like an ass; she threw out her empty can in the trash. To Kait she said, "As for the animals, they've always been weird as shit. At least Grey and Blue have. Chalk it up to whatever, probably just proximity to our own bizzaro crap. Keep a Discovery Channel log of it if you want, maybe you can get some extra credit for it or something. Right now, I want to look into why we don't officially exist to the school. That's got me a whole hell of a lot more concerned than whatever Animal Planet conspiracy the cat and the rat are up to." She made her way over to the stairs and called up to Siobhan and 3J, "Ladies, you coming down anytime this week? We've got conspiracies to unravel and I seriously have no idea how late the library is open!"
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  5. "Now that's a beautiful sight," Evana muttered under a very awestricken breath. Her volume rose when she turned to Atuz. "Does it come in ice blue? Or maybe a purple? Oooh, or both." She waved her hands dismissively. She slung her pack over her back and extended the handle on her two rolling travel cases. Sure enough they were a gaudy combination of ice blue and purple. "Never mind... I'm going to find a room!"
  6. RAVENHURST 1ST YEAR CHAPTER ONE: ORIENTATION

    "That's just it," He replied, leaning against the island in the kitchen to face Kat. "Everything around here is weird. I'm not sure what the established baseline of normal is because all of you are so far from my version of normal that I have no basis of comparison. You guys never actually try to be normal, it's always magic his, spell that, spirits, curses, the list goes on. And the bragging about yourselves... it never ends. You guys can't go one conversation without reminded everyone one else about how great with you are with a particular magic. It's sickening. I mean, come on you invited me to hunt boars and bears... in Vermont. There are no boars in Vermont, wild pigs, yes. Plus, there are only about five thousand bears left in this state and you wanna go punch one in the face and eat it because, and I quote 'they're assholes'." He sipped his drink and shook his head. Kat was surprised that there was no snark in his voice, no sarcasm or jabs. He was carrying a legit conversation with her and it almost felt... intimidating? His deep voice and carefully spoken words he was a like a different man. Was this the man that remained hidden under all the baggage that each of them came to this place with? "So honestly... please, by all means... tell me where the bar for weird is set." Warren sighed and set his can down. "Look, I know you guys think I'm a dick, for the most part, by the world's standards I am. Anyone who has been through what I have would have some coping skill issues too, but the truth is, girl, I'm not a bad guy. Three Jay is bullied, and all she does is run from it. If this whole magic thing is real, and I'm not saying it is, then she will snap eventually. Super villain level shit, and I don't want that. Under all her neurosis and issues... she's not a bad girl, kinda sweet honestly. She's a personality, attractive in an Adele kinda way, and she's intelligent. So, I'll push, and she'll hate me... but I'm as mean as they come, so if she can learn to stand up to me and accept how wonderful she really is as a person, then all those others out there who try to bring her down won't stand a chance. And when the smoke clears, she'll have all of you. We'll sacrifice one enemy and she gains the value of four friends... the math is sound." "That's what tough love is, Kat." He crossed his arms and looked o the floor. It seemed like he was thinking of what to say next, but instead looked back at her and smiled. "It's being the worst possible version of yourself to show someone else how strong they can be."
  7. S1:E2 - "...And Heroes Will Rise."

    "Oh, I believe a little selective interpretation won't harm anyone," Cosima comment, breaking into a grin as Sebastian walked up with Rick and the Rileys. "The more the..." Her elegant nose scrunched up in disappointment when Sebastian texted Curtis and she finished with a sigh, "... merrier." She arched her brows at Autumn's comment. "I never claimed to be the only one with such abilities, hun. Some of us just happen to be more adept with them." Cosima ported again, to another part of her room, leaving her heels behind - One stood standing on its own, while the other fell on its side with a soft thump on the plush area rug. She glanced at the very modest - to her mind - selection of shoes she left in the dorm - just in case - and with a nod, apported a pair of chic New Balance runners onto her feet. "Trust me, heels and sloped roofs don't mix." Cosima selected a glass bottle of infused water from the clear-front fridge - blackberry and mint - and a random package of imported chocolate truffles, offering the same to the others with a wave of her hand. "Help yourselves. There now, shall we adjourn to the roof and see what spectacles we may?"
  8. RAVENHURST 1ST YEAR CHAPTER ONE: ORIENTATION

    Kaitlin wanted to throw Warren into the lake and throw Safyre in after him. It was infuriating that he had a point. She hated bullies, but didn't understand someone being unwilling to even attempt to defend themselves. Could standing up for 3J rob her of the chance for standing up for herself, or at least being able to endure Warren? She was uncertain. "You don't have to be a dick about it," Kaitlin muttered as she crossed the kitchen and got herself a glass of water. She downed it quickly then poured herself another. Leaning against the counter, arms folded, she took her time with the second glass. "So... 3J did have a point with the pets - friends, whatever - the animals acting weird and I have been seeing things out of the corner of my eye. I'm used to the woods - it's not nerves making me imagine stuff. Warren, snark and stubborn denial aside, have you noticed... weird? Y'know, besides being at Hogwarts with magic you don't believe in all over the place?"
  9. It was a crazy, foolish, absurd offer, which spoke volumes about those who accepted it. But some, namely Gorunta's parents and former commanding officer - felt that if he wasn't, he would have been still in the Veskarium. Various epithets had been thrown about in many communiques and conversations. The money itself sounded undefined, but a bit of a stretch. Though Prince Atiz's previously demonstrated outlays suggested still sizable personal wealth. "Fuck it. There are more exciting things than bouncing at a club, 8-Pieces or not, and it would be the first time someone would call me a hero without laughing." Gorunta looked like he would laugh at the concept himself. "I'm in." When he saw Solenya, Gorunta gave an appreciative look over. With that, and 10,000 credits to start, well, at least he could say he hadn't blindly flung himself into this without fair recompense.
  10. "Then Let us finish up here and Go to the ship. Once my little Android Peach is satisfied that she is in good order and well worth the price, We can make preparations to depart." Atuz spoke gleefully as he stood and went in search of the Owner to make good his promise to buy out the contracts. ***************************** A short time later after taking the Tube from Upper Asteroid to the Core Asteroid and navigating the labyrinthine tunnels to the appropriate stardock the find themselves at the Blast doors. Pulling a coded card out and letting the locking mechanism scan it Atuz faces the intrepid adventurers as the doors split one half rising into the ceiling the other dropping into the floor revealing the dock and a ship and oh what a ship it is. "My friends the starship Solenya!"
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  12. "I do too," Jordayn agreed, his slow smile for Evana and Atuz both. "As all are consenting, let there be no barriers to desire," the priest added, a common maxim among adherents to Arshea. "I hope your princess feels the same for you as you do for her, Atuz Gelt, and I'll willing to give you the chance to find out. I'll sign onto the crew for this fantastic endeavor." The half-elf glanced around the table with merry interest, lingering perhaps a little longer on Evana, but who would blame him? "Looks to be fine - or at the minimum, colourful - company to me." <Besides, it not like have any prior commitments or prospects at the moment, Jexa,> Jordayn replied. Though not telepathic himself, Jexa had noticed Jordayn had a facility and experience with it that few non-telepathic races possessed. <Interesting is an understatement. But it will get is off this grey spaceport.> While Atuz's attire was far more... fabulous than Jordayn's preference, he had to admit the prince owned it, which had an attraction in its own right, even if it wasn't all that outlandish for Aquittal with its abundance of wealth in minerals and heavy metals. While Jordayn had no objections to the prospect of an excellent payday, it wasn't the main reason he was signing on. His reasons were two fold. First, as a dedicant of Arshea, he was a proponent of finding desire, love, joy, whichever one was seeking at the moment wherever one could, and helping others do the same. Second, the deprecations of the Dark Cults were in diametric opposition to all he and his Goddess held dear. Disrupting their foul plans when he came across them was only natural. Right. And doing it in such lovely company, how could he saw no? Besides, he hadn't been to the Vast much. "Looking down on us, Arshea will be pleased," Jordayn proclaimed, lips twisting wryly. "And likely amused, I'm sure."
  13. S1:E2 - "...And Heroes Will Rise."

    Rick had been simply waiting to see what the others did when one of the Riley's slipped her arm in his and invited him along. "Pretty standard super fight fare if that's all that's tossed about." he commented when she rattled off the list of attacks and weapons. When Bastion made his retort, rick laughed. "Okay, man, I'll give ya points for that one. That's pure gold." "If we're on the roof of the dorms, technically we did go to the dorms, so it's not like we're really disobeying." He said agreeing with what had already been said. If he was gonna get in trouble again, well at least he'd do it with his classmates. One for all and All for one, as it were, with the exception of Curtis.
  14. "I like him." The singer pointed to Atuz, her smile ear to ear.
  15. "Yes of course, Its how I got here. Once we settle up here we can go to the dock and you can see her." He says to Echo that stupid grin still plastered on his face. Then nodding vigorously at Evana "Yes of course my dear I would never do anything to harm your reputation or prospects. Not that I could of course your voice is like the most splendid of the Deva. So,"he switches gears abruptly, "Are the rest of you ready to be heroes?"
  16. "Sugar, you're stuck on this rock with no viable prospects at the moment," Evana offered the android stranger. It was wasn't hard to guess who was here by choice and who was stuck here by circumstance. "Whether the ship runs or not, it would still be more in value than what you had prior to his offer." "Besides," she perked up, smiling wide and letting that accent of hers award the table with a measure of class and credibility it certainly didn't warrant. "He's in love. Willing to sacrifice all he has for his beloved. It's positively romantic, not to mention it'll be a blast, I'm sure. So, come on... I say we do it. Five strangers, pulled together into a quest for true love and adventure among the stars... plus, stomping cultists on their cash n' prizes is always fun too. Some might even pay us to do it. Get with me before you do though, I'll help you configure an appropriate hourly rate. It's absolutely... story book." "Oh, what the hells, I'm in," She grinned. "Although my contract here is still good for another few days, so you may have to deal with the owner about that. Just, be sensible, please? It is my reputation as a professional, after all."
  17. Echo stared at him for a long moment. So he was crazy. The question was...dangerous crazy, or exploitable crazy? The promise of 'all his money' felt like it was probably as vacant as his stare, but the ship...that was a tangible asset. "Before we go any farther, is the ship here?" she asked. "I'll need to see it before I agree to anything."
  18. "Because she is my Princess and I love her with all of my heart. you will too all of you will." his smile is so genuine all of you can almost see the hearts in his eyes. Hearing Jexa's question he nods sagely "Yes, yes, a wise question and I will tell you why. I met a man on Starhome who gave the beacon coordinates to this place and the name of this establishment. He told me that I would find what I was looking for here. When I asked who i should look for here he said you will know and then I asked how would I know and her said you will. So I came here and when I came in the club and saw all of you so very different from all the other miscreants here, well I knew."
  19. Jexa had been sitting back, listening as she nursed her drink and finally spoke. "I have a question." she said as she set her drink on the table, leaving her hand empty. "What made you single us out? I mean, this place is fully of unsavory types of questionable morals. Soooo... why five of us?" she asked. She had certainly seen clever ways of gather several people with bounties on their heads before, and just because she didn't know of one being placed on her, didn't mean there wasn't one.
  20. Atuz stares at the android a vacuous look on his face, then he seems to shake a bit. "Why everything I have left will be yours. All of the credits remaining in my accounts and my undying gratitude which will be worth quite a lot once I am crowned Premier of Aquitaal." He smiles broadly then opens his mouth in surprise as if suddenly remembering something. "Oh! And the ship. You get to keep that too."
  21. "Well, he makes a point," Evana shrugged, agreeing with the man's father. "Out here in The Black there are millions, if not billions of princesses. So tell me, Atuz, what makes this princess so special?"
  22. "Fuckers!" Echo slams a fist on the table, somewhat unimpressively. "Fucking evil cults. That was like, my sixth guess too. Damnit!" She shakes her head. "It doesn't explain why you'd come here looking for heroes, but...I guess money doesn't buy brains." The android shrugged. "Might buy us though. How much. Where. What are we up against"?
  23. He stares wide eyed at the android and the perfect woman sitting next to him and says, "No..." Shaking his head in the negative, "The House of our Lord Abadar was most generous but as there is no profit in rescuing my princess their help could only encompass so much." Facing Gortuna, "No my mountainous Vesk warrior, it is because my family are a bunch of cruel, hartless...,” he pauses as emotion overwhelms him, takes a deep breath, “While I am the heir and will one day rule the planet that day is far away. An evil cult has taken my princess along with many others and intends to sacrifice them in a magical ritual in an effort to bring greater power to their malicious god. My parents will do nothing have forbiddionme from using any of the crowns resources or personell in whatthe think is a waste. My fathers very words to me were “Atuz, there are many princesses in this world, just go out and get another one.” He stiffles a sob, “You see heartless. But that is why I am here with my own resources and my own wealth which is not inconsiderable. To find Heroes as told of in tales of old. And here you are!” He spreads his arms wide to take all of you in with his expression.
  24. "Gorty, sweetie, one doesn't send incompetent law enforcement to do the things that seedy unscrupulous types like ourselves are willing to do for a lot of money and very few questions." When not singing she had a definite accent, rich with a posh tone that hinted she wasn't from any of the pact worlds. "Ugh, it would figure... all the rich, eccentric ones are taken." "See?" She motioned to Echo. "She gets it."
  25. Echo glanced down at her plate and rather deliberately finished off the last of her free dinner before going to see what it was going to cost her. It also bought a little time for a datasearch. Aquitaal, she told her exocortex. Everything we have. In the time it took her to put down her fork information was returning. Abadar. Resources. Backwater. Missing 'princess.' You didn't have to have the full picture to see how these pieces might fit together. "Hey," the android said as she showed up at Gelt's table. "So...I love throwing darts with my eyes closed so lemme take the first shot. Abadar abducted this princess to get leverage to impose disadvantageous trade agreements on your world and you want her back not only because you want her back, but to maintain some shred of self-sufficiency in the face of economic and cultural domination?" "Annnnd since busting her out will involve an attack on the assets of a powerful transplanetary corporation, you need outlaws to take care of it." "Thanks for dinner, by the way."
  26. "Aquitaal, huh? That explains why you were so stupid as to walk in like that in front of a whole bunch of pirates." Gorunta figured Gelt was lucky that he had done so on neutral ground and with enough credits to keep the pirates mollified. But the mercenary Vesk wasn't going to turn down the offer right away. It did however, set some caution as to the wisdom of accepting a job from this client. "And why is it that you need to go to Pirate Grand Central to seek rescuers?" He asked in that derisive but considering tone.
  27. Before the human could address himself further to those he had singled out the Flustered club owner had approached the two stepped away for a minute and the cridit chip was exchanged then the manager went back to the kitchens. The man took a seat next to Evana and eyed her up and down before speaking. “Allow me to begin by introducing myself, my name is Atuz Gelt and I am the Heir to the Royal House of Aquitaal. I have a proposition for you all, one that will leave you much richer than you are today. I need you to rescue my princess.”
  28. S1:E2 - "...And Heroes Will Rise."

    "You realize he runs at like, a billion miles per hour, right?" Sebastian said with a playful smile while pointed to Rick. With his arm hooked in Riley's he led her through the halls of students all chilling about with their doors open, yelling up and down the halls with updates of what was going on. "I don't see what the big deal is, we're not really in all that much danger, the battle is miles from here." "It's supers fighting, 'Bastian, a straw laser blast, a missed tossed, missiles... who knows what's going," Riley didn't know much about super powered people, aside from what she'd learned in her week or so of being at the school... plus being one herself. "They're just being cautious." "Missiles?" Sebastian looked at her, with a skeptical brow raised. "Seriously?" "Hey, just covering all the bases." The southern lovely smiled. "Who's with me!?" Keiko asked right as Sebastian and Riley were rounding into the room. "I'm game," he quickly threw in his hat. "I mean, really, all they can do is ask us to get down, right? I'll text Captain Anti-Social and see if he's up for joining us." "Do you have to?" Tatiana asked with a roll of the eyes. "He kinda did you dirty just a few minutes ago, screw him." "Eh, he's not so bad. Guy just needs some friends." He clicked away on his phone, sending Curtis the text. "Go easy on him, would ya?" "You' have to be joking, Stone," Tats shook her head trying to understand the big guy. "What did your parents feed you, growing up? Rainbows and sunshine?" He slid his phone in his back pocket. "Only every other Thursday, we had to save some for the Leprechauns living under the porch and the unicorns in the stables."
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